Well...I am not really sure where to start with this book. I loved Divergent and I felt the story flowed. This one, though, not as much. We spend the...moreWell...I am not really sure where to start with this book. I loved Divergent and I felt the story flowed. This one, though, not as much. We spend the whole book knowing exactly what Tris will do in the end but not knowing why she will do it. There are hints here and there and it is pretty easy to figure out, though even at the end we are left hanging for yet another year not knowing wtf is going on. I am generally not a huge fan of cliff-hangers and this is not different. It would have been nice to be given a bit more information. Instead of finishing this book really looking forward to the next one (as I was between Divergent and Insurgent), I go away annoyed.
I wasn't all that impressed with Tobias in this book and that sucks because I really loved his character in the first one. He was turned into a brooding sook who, whenever someone presents him with even the slightest bit of logic, he pretty much sticks his fingers in his ears and screams LALALALALALALA.
I found that it jumped around so much. We are here, we are there, there are new characters, there are old characters appearing out of nowhere, people are switching sides willy nilly...it was just all a bit too much. I really liked the straight-forward ease of Divergent, something sorely missing from this book.
I wish I had liked it as much as the first book and I really hope the third book is better than this one. I am very disappoint. :((less)
Well then...this is probably one of the best dystopian fictions I've read since The Chrysalids. Everything about it was just awesome.
Instead of fighti...moreWell then...this is probably one of the best dystopian fictions I've read since The Chrysalids. Everything about it was just awesome.
Instead of fighting wars themselves, humans in the near future built super-human fighting machines called Partials. We sent them to do our dirty work and they won the big war for us. When the war was over, we were left with all of these fighting machines. What did we do with them? We put them to work of course! They became slaves and outcasts and they did not like it one bit. So they turned on us. But something else did as well, a virus. Out of the 7 billion people on the planet, about 40 000 survived...at least that they know of.
Eleven years after the war with the Partials we meet Kira Walker. A medic who works in the maternity ward watching baby after baby die because they are not immune to the virus that is air borne and blood borne. When her best friend gets pregnant, Kira decides it is up to her to fix everything. And by fix I mean causing complete mayhem and full scale civil unrest.
The plot was quick and fun with lots of action. Kira as a protag was amazing. It was refreshing to not have a girl make her decisions based on which boy she liked better, or any boy at all really. Though she has a boyfriend (who, I might add, provided some comic relief here and there), Kira is very much an independent 'IDGAF' type of person.
I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series because there are some very interesting loose ends and I am excited to see where Dan Wells takes this story. I gave it 5 stars because I picked it up last night and could not put it down. I may be ridiculed for this but I may even like this series better than The Hunger Games and Divergent. I am definitely a Kira fan. She rocks my socks. It is so nice to see a strong, smart, witty, yet faulty female lead character who is not defined by the male characters in her life. Bravo to Dan Wells. BRA-FUCKING-VO!(less)